I recently started a new job working in a catering company. The hours are long but the job is very flexible. This past weekend I worked two different events, one on Friday and the other Saturday. Friday’s event was a “plated” event where we served hors d’oeuvres followed by a three course dinner. I had to hold the hors d’oeuvres for around a half an hour, and then serve and clean off tables. The event lasted until 10 PM and we were to arrive the next day at 5 AM.
When I woke up the next morning, mortal mind tried to claim the arm was in pain but I made my protest holding to the spiritual facts of Science and know that “God was the strength of my life” (Psalms 27:1). I went on to work and was quite free to do what needed to be done. The next challenge arose from coworkers. After we set up the event that morning we had to wait to replenish different buffet items, standing on our feet for several hours. Several of my coworkers made complaints such as “my feet are killing me” or “I know your feet are hurting.” I again had to work to shut out those harmful hindering thoughts. I kept a smile on my face and kept praying, keeping my thought placed on the facts of being. After the event we needed to walk a distance from the event location to the company’s office. I decided to walk barefoot and take my time. I am grateful that we were sent home when we arrived at the office.
When I arrived at my house, mortal mind contended for another ache, claiming that my right leg was in pain. I tried to relax and rest that evening. The next morning the pain had not dissipated so I looked up a citation from Science and Health, by Mrs. Eddy on motion. “Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action. Mind is the same Life, Love, and wisdom ‘yesterday, and to-day, and forever.’ Matter and its effects—sin, sickness, and death— are states of mortal mind which act, react, and then come to a stop. They are not facts of Mind. They are not ideas, but illusions. Principle is absolute. It admits of no error, but rests on understanding.” (S&H 283:4)
I was grateful that I was able to teach Sunday School, and then attend a meeting with local church members. After our meeting, I noticed that I was free and even able to go to the park and walk with my dogs. I’m so grateful that we don’t have to accept the atmosphere of thought that suggests that we have to suffer for our labor, by knowing that “Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself.” (S&H 385:17-18)